The black support Obama received against Hillary, akin to what any Democratic candidate receives against a Republican in the general election, strongly suggested that blacks were more likely than whites to vote for racial reasons. But I hadn't realized exit polling data explicitly backed that assertion up. It does.
From Pennsylvania on (excluding Montana and South Dakota, due to so few blacks in both), exit pollsters broke down by race the question of whether or not race was important in determining who the voter choose. Following is how likely a black voter is to choose his candidate for racial reasons relative to the likelihood of a white voter doing the same, by state. Thus 100% indicates equal likelihood, 50% indicates blacks are half as likely as whites to vote for racial reasons, and 200% indicates blacks are twice as likely as whites to do so:
North Carolina: 205%
West Virginia: 148%*
The intuition was correct. Blacks have shown themselves to be considerably more 'racist' in the way they determine who they'll vote for than whites are.
To pick on Cohen a little more, let me make it clear that I don't find this "good, bad, or indifferent". For those who don't have their heads in the sand or have actually spent time in black environments, it's not the least bit surprising. Even on radio and television blacks are unashamedly clannish, showing far more interest in what's going on in "the community" (the black community, that is) than in what's going on in the, uh, broader community.
In the words of Lee Kwan Yew:
In multiracial societies, you don't vote in accordance with your economic interests and social interests, you vote in accordance with race and religion.Whites, as both a market dominant majority and the most liberal latitudinarians on the planet, don't do so as overwhelmingly as other racial groups do (at least not yet).
Of course, for guys like Cohen and most of the major media establishment that favor non-white candidates on the left, it is crucial that whites do not vote in racial solidarity with those seeking office. On the other hand, it is crucial that non-whites do.
The best way to divert attention from this glaring double standard is to decry racialism by pointing to and attacking whites, and then, if necessary, to throw up the hands in frustration over identity politics in general when it is pointed out that whites are the least racialist in the way they vote. Let the situation diffuse a bit, and then start up again, going after whites anew.
* Blacks only comprised 3% of the total voting population in WV and OR, so rounding could have conceivably shifted the ratio quite a bit in either direction.